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Basel has two train stations straddling three countries. The huge Basel SBB is the main one, most of it in Switzerland, although all trains from France terminate in an area known as Bâle SNCF which is in French territory; you’ll have to go through passport control to reach the station proper. Trams #1 and #8 from outside connect to Barfüsserplatz. Many fast trains from Germany serve Basel SBB, but plenty – including local trains from Freiburg-im-Breisgau – stop short at Basel Badischer Bahnhof (Basel Bad. for short), run by Deutsche Bahn (DB; 061/690 11 11) in an enclave of German territory within Kleinbasel. Again, passport control separates the platforms from the ticket hall. Tram #6 from outside runs to Barfüsserplatz.
The airport – cringingly dubbed EuroAirport – is actually in French territory 5km north of the city, shared between Basel (Switzerland), Mulhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany). A special customs-free fenced road links the Swiss terminal with Switzerland proper, along which bus #50 runs every twenty minutes, connecting the airport and Basel SBB station (daily 5am–midnight; Fr.2.80; journey time 15min).
By car, the N1 from Bern or Zürich and the N2 from Luzern all feed into Basel from the southeast; the Basel-City exit delivers you directly to parking facilities at the SBB station, but those in Basel-Nord at the Messe and beneath Basel Bad. station are less outrageously priced. The same highway goes on to form the French A35 (direction Mulhouse) and the German A5 (direction Freiburg).
You’ll find listings and cultural information in the Basler Zeitung newspaper, and also in the tourist office’s free Basel Live, published fortnightly.
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